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Georges Melies: The Most Important Filmmaker You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

It’s tempting to say that without Melies, there would be no Avatar, no vampire movies, no Star Wars or Star Trek, no special-effects extravaganzas, no docu-drama like Erin Brockovich, no animation, no Walt Disney, and no porn.

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Come Back to the 9-5, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle

If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.

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Loneliness Is a Cool iPod… Happiness Is a Warm Album Cover

The communal nature of MP3 filesharing is often idealized to the point where the discourse surrounding it masks what are ultimately fractured connections between musicians and their listeners.

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20 Questions: Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley, author of more than 29 critically acclaimed books, presents his latest in the Leonid McGill series, Known to Evil (releasing 23 March).

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Six Years in the Life of Post-Blackness (Or Not)

If the 'black' in 'post-black' means “the last 40 years or so”, black folks are clearly moving beyond that; but to the extent that 'black' means “having to deal with the same-old same-old when it comes to racial attitudes,” then we ain’t post-nuthin’.

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“I’m in Love with That Song”: Remembering Alex Chilton

It's impossible with Chilton's music to not become personally engulfed; it's impossible to not feel an impenetrable attachment to it. The quintessential outsider, his music spoke to generations of fans who encapsulate those wrangled emotions.

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Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

The glitter of 1920s America is seductive: jazz, flappers, wild parties, the cult of celebrity, and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing under Prohibition…

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The Naked Truth of a Nude Art Exhibit

I was rather self-conscious while crossing the threshold, despite it being the two women in the doorway who weren’t clothed. I felt I was naked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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17 Mar 2010 // 11:00 PM

Born This Way

Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you. How far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are?

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The Oscars: The Super Bowl of Egotism

Maybe we watch the Oscars because they remind us of our own high school days. Popularity and past work far outweigh the quality of work represented by the nomination.

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Bees and Things and Milk and Honey: An Interview with Goapele

In concert, at the Zoo, or on her latest soulful single, Goapele's game is on.

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The Nonchalant Brilliance of John Pizzarelli, Jr.

John Pizzarelli is cool enough to be modern but hot enough to be 'old' -- and he knows what he's doing with that voice, even if he's no Sinatra.

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“Boston’s Boy” and a New Class of Hip-Hop Artists

A new army is infiltrating hip-hop and using social media to build mega-hits. Its soldiers are white, wealthy, and some can’t legally drink.

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20 Questions: Lisa Lutz

Bestselling author Lisa Lutz identifies the essentials in life, coffee and vodka, like this: “One makes the morning tolerable. And coffee lights up the evening.” Enjoy either beverage while reading The Spellman’s Strike Again, releasing this week.

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Last Words by George Carlin with Tony Hendra

Part raucous credo, part comic pilgrim’s progress, this is George Carlin’s celebration of his own human condition and how he became not just a comedian, but a conscience.

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Memory, the Whole Lying Opera of It: Remembering Barry Hannah

It's tragic to know that the brilliant tumbling sound of his work has reached its coda. But if you can learn anything from Hannah's work, it's that to focus on the hurt is to miss what's important: finding that glimmer of cutting light in all that dark.

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Horror Will Eat Itself: An Interview with Ti West

Mingling art house sensibilities with a knack for gripping suspense, director Ti West might just be able to get back to the roots of the cinematic horror and save the genre from itself – that is, if no one lets him go direct romantic comedies first.

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14 Mar 2010 // 11:00 PM

In a New York State of Mind

With a slight nod from the hung-over record store clerk, the girl stepped over to one of the racks and began carefully fingering through the records on display.

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14 Mar 2010 // 10:59 PM

Chronic ‘Lost’ Sickness

The Lost Syndrome has consumed me for five years running, and I'm growing weaker. It’s like X-Filesioma all over again.

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All You Did Was Save My Life: An Interview With Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida

Our Lady Peace's lead singer opens up about the near break-up of his band, the inspiration behind their latest full-length, and how bright the future looks for the Canadian quartet.

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'Resident Evil 7: Biohazard' -- You Like to Watch

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"In our role of the spooked cameraman, there’s just enough light to highlight our confinement -- but not enough to highlight the dangers.

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